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Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with PAKK

The sixth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

For this installment, we’re talking with Daeinn Kim, guitarist and vocalist of Korean act PAKK. They’ll play Zandari Festa on Sunday, October 1 at Club Crack at 9 pm. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

Zandari is really awesome and the best festival in Korea. It’s an honor to play Zandari. Everyone can enjoy amazing bands from around the world playing over three days.

What can people expect from a PAKK live show?

You will feel a tremendous amount of heavy rock energy.

For fest-goers not familiar with PAKK yet, what should they know about you?

If you are a lover of heavy music, post rock, psychedelic, or math rock, you have to watch our show.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Drink alcohol

If PAKK was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

We’d be an Irish Car Bomb. It is really delicious and I like the name.

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Javiera Mena

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

 

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For this installment, we’re talking with Chilean electro pop artist Javiera Mena. She’ll perform on September 30 at Rolling Hall at 9 pm. Now let’s get to her answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

It’s my first time in South Korea and everything is exciting to me, the festival seems very striking for how it is armed.

What can people expect from a Javiera Mena live show?

Something very unique and different. We combine dance with my music. We are only women on the stage, I control the sequence midis, I sing, there is also a drummer, two dancers and lot of energy from us.

For fest-goers not familiar with Javiera Mena yet, what should they know about you?

My songs seek to transmit feelings, I do pop from a very intimate look, and I like to make people dance with much feeling.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

I would like to know the city, its people, the local food and culture and make friends to stay in touch

 If Javiera Mena was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

Tequila sunrise

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with The Twistettes

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

We are very excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017! It’s a part of the world we’ve always been interested to visit. We can’t wait to experience the music scene there. We were really impressed by Korean acts like The Wasted Johnny’s and 57 when they performed in Scotland recently. It will be great to see some more. We’re looking forward to meeting  Korean people as well. Seoul sounds like a fun city and we’ve been reliably informed that Koreans know how to party which is good for us!

What can people expect from a The Twistettes live show?

We’re loud yet melodic with crunching distortion and attitude fueled lyrics. We love playing live and the energy it creates between us and the audience. Be prepared to be whipped into a punk-fueled frenzy!

For fest-goers not familiar with The Twistettes yet, what should they know about you?

The Twistettes are alternative, punk, riot grrrl, and real-deal indie with a touch of psychobilly. We are sisters and have been playing together since we were young, so we have a great musical and personal bond. We released our first album Jilt the Jive in 2016 and have since been enjoying touring the UK. We will be releasing our second album in 2018.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

As I said, we are really looking forward to meeting the local people and hearing the other acts at the festival as well as experiencing the nightlife! We’d also like to do some exploring, eat new foods and of course drink some soju! We are only there for five days and are hopefully going to spend a night in Busan as well, so lots to fit in!

If The Twistettes was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

Maybe a Long Island ice tea cause its fun but also very strong. We like fun and strong drinks!

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Browsing Collection

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Carolina Karlsson (drums), Mimi Brander (vocals, guitar), Moa Lenngren (guitar, vocals) and Nora Lenngren (bass, vocals) of  Swedish rock act Browsing Collection. Their Zandari Festa showcase will happen on Friday, September 29 from 8 pm – 9 pm at Club FF. Now, let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?
Moa: First and foremost, we are very excited to get out of Europe and play for a completely new audience! We’ve never been to Asia before and look forward to showing you guys our music.

Mimi: Yeah, who doesn’t want to play in South Korea? It will be amazing!Nora: We’re also very curious about getting to know the people and what they are listening to. We hope they are more into hard rock music than Swedes are!

What can people expect from a Browsing Collection live show?

Mimi: It would be quite exciting for you to come and see us without having any expectations. So expect nothing!

Carolina: Except some super awesome energy, head banging and heavy riffs.

Moa: And we also like to kind of improvise and go bananas! So, you actually never know what you’ll get from a Browsing Collection show.

Nora: That’s correct. Like that time we played so loud the whole speaker system collapsed, or the time my bass frequency shattered the glasses in the bar.

Moa: Or when I shook my head so hard I lost control and fell all the way back into the drum set.

Mimi: So as I said, don’t have any expectations!

For fest-goers not familiar with Browsing Collection yet, what should they know about you?
Carolina: We’ve played together since we were little kids, and we do everything by ourselves! Like recording and producing our own music, filming and editing our own music videos, arrange photo shoots and design our own merchandise. Besides that we put a lot of effort in writing meaningful lyrics about making the world a better place.

Mimi: We also have a great sense of humor!

Moa: Yeah, you should see when we have our annual ‘Browsing taco night’.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Nora: We’d like to check out other bands of course, get inspired by different cultures, meet new people and get new valuable contacts.

Mimi: Hopefully we’ll eat some nice Korean food, too!

Moa: And I can’t wait for the beer as well!

If Browsing Collection was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

Mimi: It would probably be more like a shot of Fireball! Fast, hot and will make you lose your mind!

 

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Ego Function Error

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Minjung Kim, vocalist of local Seoul act Ego Function Error. Now let’s get to her answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

Zandari has allowed us to step forward every year since 2013, so it’s not just a showcase for us. We’d like to say Zandari is a vitamin for us.

There have been a lot of cases in which Korean independent musicians like us are able to perform overseas such as when we played at Midem 2016 or toured Japan last year. We think the trigger for this was definitely Zandari Festa.

When we hang out with musicians and delegates from many different countries in Seoul during Zandari Festa, we feel like we are facing an enormous, energetic surge from around the world. We are convinced that all the musicians, regardless of their nationality, will cause an explosion in Hongdae with their energy and performances this year as well.

What can people expect from a Ego Function Error live show?

Ego Function Error simply means ‘crazy person’. All you need to do is just have fun and jump at our show. Let’s go crazy together!

For fest-goers not familiar with Ego Function Error yet, what should they know about you?

We are a psychedelic punk rock band. We are willing to protest and stand up against against things that are wrong in this society like sexual discrimination or stereotypes. But instead of punk rock’s typical three-chord playing, we choose a psychedelic way to spread our messages.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Attend the after party. It’s definitely something that everyone at the fest should go to. It’s filled with so many great people and has an amazing vibe. During Zandari, we’re going to put all of our energy into meeting and hanging out with passionate and talented friends from all over the world.

If Ego Function Error was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

A long island ice tea, which is sour, sweet and strong!

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Eyre Llew

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions

For the next installment, we’re talking with Jack Clark, pianist and drummer for Eyre Llew from the UK. Now let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

This is our first time performing outside of the UK and Europe so we’re excited about experiencing Korea’s music culture. We’re grateful to play a festival like Zandari where people love and appreciate great music.

What can people expect from a Eyre Llew live show?

We combine a mix of emotional drones/swells with sudden explosions and heavy guitars. One member plays drums and piano simultaneously and another member plays violin bow on his guitar, which creates an atmospheric back drop that creates a really unique experience.

For fest-goers not familiar with Eyre Llew yet, what should they know about you?

We’ve been a band for three years and have been working on our first ever album over the last two years which is coming out on the 19th October. We like to make emotional and atmospheric pieces of music and are hoping to score for film in the near future. Right now we’re just touring as much as possible, and will do a UK/EU tour in November and December.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Experience Korea’s music culture as much as possible as we’ve all never been to Korea or this far east. Eat some food and meet some great people.

If Eyre Llew was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

I don’t know much about Korean cocktails but I know of soju. Here we drink a lot of wine, so let’s go with that. We’re like a fine bottle of wine with a wonderful flavour to it.

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Sax Machine

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Guillaume Sené (saxophonist) and RacecaR (MC) from French/US trio Sax Machine. Now let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

Guillaume: We are very excited to play at Zandari Festa 2017 because it will be our first time in South Korea!

What can people expect from a Sax Machine live show?

Guillaume: Our live shows are very improvised. Each show is a unique experience.

For fest-goers not familiar with Sax Machine yet, what should they know about you?

Guillaume: Sax Machine is three people; two French horn players playing saxophone and trombone and recording live loops with their instruments and effect pedals, and an American rapper.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Guillaume: We would like to discover South Korean culture.

If Sax Machine was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

RacecaR: This cocktail would be one part improvisation, one part participation, one part excitation,  and one part anticipation. It is called “Speed of Life”.

 

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Pseudo

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Jonathan Lyte, vocalist and guitarist of Canadian punk band Pseudo. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

We’re particularly excited about this show because it will be our first ever festival. We haven’t played any yet in North America, so to break into the festival grid in Korea is our biggest reason to be excited!

What can people expect from a Pseudo live show?

People can expect a fairly short set – a finished-before-it’s-even-had-a-chance-to-start kind of set. It’s fairly fast paced and energetic with nice relaxing pauses between songs.

For fest-goers not familiar with Pseudo yet, what should they know about you?

They should know that we are way more friendly than we look. We seem angry or upset most of the time on the outside, but we’re pretty shy and want people to know they can approach us freely.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

I’m personally stoked to see Wasted Johnny’s, among many of the other awesome bands my friends have pointed out to me since the festival began announcing its lineup. Besides that, we’re going to be doing some serious catching up with some friends that we haven’t seen in a while. Zandari is the perfect meeting time for all of us!

If Pseudo was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

Is a mojito a cocktail? I’m sorry, none of us really drink, but in my heart I feel like it would be a mojito. Not too bitter, not too sweet, but still enough for you to realize way too late that you have had nine already.

 

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Full Garage

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Keunyoung Lee, vocalist and bassist of Seoul punk band Full Garage. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

We played at Zandari Festa last year for the first time. It was so fun. It felt like the whole Hongdae area became a rock festival town.

This year we’re excited to have free beers at Zandari HQ, meet musicians who we’ve never met before, and also meet old friends who are playing in bands at different venues in Hongdae. I believe this year’s fest is going to be even more awesome than last year!

What can people expect from a Full Garage live show?

Full Garage is a punk rock band that plays fast beats with pop melodies. If you like ’90s melodic hardcore or punk rock, Full Garage will be good for you.

We don’t have any songs that last over three minutes. Three minutes is too long for us, so we always finish every single song in two minutes or less. So a Full Garage show is fast, simple, and short and includes plenty of pop melodies.

For fest-goers not familiar with Full Garage yet, what should they know about you?

Full Garage was formed in 2013. We’re still a young band. Before Full Garage, I played in a melodic hardcore punk band called Gumx. If you were a kid in ’90s and listened to punk rock at the time, you’re going to love us.

4. Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

I want to hang around in Hongdae holding a beer. I’ll be saying hello and stopping to talk with friends I meet on the street. Then buying another beer and moving to the venue where my favorite bands are playing. On the way there, if I meet another friend I’ll stop again and talk and laugh with them again.

5. If Full Garage was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

We are not like any kind of cocktail. Instead, we’re more like a small 330ml bottle of cold IPA.

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Farewell Dear Ghost

The sixth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For the first installment, we’re talking with Farewell Dear Ghost from Austria. The final schedule is not yet out, but check back to soon to see when and where Farewell Dear Ghost will play at Zandari Festa. Now let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

It’s our first time in Korea ever. You always get excited about first times, don’t you?

What can people expect from a Farewell Dear Ghost live show?

We’re always striving for emotional release and some kind of energetic dynamic that is permanently present when we perform on stage. We’re not afraid of fist-in-the-air anthems, raising our voices and our bodies to create some sort of feeling of unity. That’s something we’re always looking for.

For fest-goers not familiar with Farewell Dear Ghost yet, what should they know about you?

They should know that we play our little hearts out for everyone that comes to celebrate with us. I guess, our music is in a way trying to break boundaries, introducing different genres to each other and having them all dance around together. That all somehow adds up to a sometimes exaggerated, but always honest and emotional live performance.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

We’d love to explore the sheer infinite possibilities Seoul has to offer. Coming mostly from the rural side of Austria, we’re not really used to huge towers, millions of people meeting in the heart of the city center. It’s going to overwhelm and maybe scare us a little bit. But we cannot wait to let the city operate on us.

If Farewell Dear Ghost was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

A nice, but pretty tough question. Preferably, we’d describe ourselves as a Pina Colada. Sweet and sticky at the same time and you’re not really sure whether you should taste it. But once you do, you experience inner warmth and something that you’ve never felt before. So you’re off for thirty more.